Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had a great first session! We assessed his background of test taking and his experience with his first ACT test. He pointed out spots he had particular trouble with on his first practice test and I explained concepts behind each type of question. His tricky areas were more concentrated in English (especially punctuation) and reading. His math is very strong except for a few questions on trigonometry. After we went through a test, we hit English hard and I explained punctuation rules and how to use commas. We also spent a bit of time talking about how to edit sentences to be clear and concise. While his impulses are normally good, he does not always know the grammatical reason that one choice is better than another. Getting him to understand and recognize these comma rules and others like it will be the trick to raising his ACT score."
"We talked about general math strategy then worked on the biggest problem areas in each section (geometry, trig, etc.). The student's attitude was positive and willing to learn. I left the student with instructions to memorize certain properties, and also with further practice questions. I talked about backsolving and substitution as exceptionally helpful in the math section."
"We reviewed the score analysis of the full-length practice test the student took a couple weeks ago. I confirmed that he will in fact be taking the essay version of the ACT. We continued discussing the essay scoring rubric and key points for meeting it in light of his reading the section about it in the study guide book. I guided him through some practice outlining sample essay prompts while continuing to explain what makes for a good thesis, evidence, etc. Finished the remaining time by going through a Math section 10 problems at a time. The student did very well and worked quickly, but we discovered a few things he should review: the slope-intercept equation of a line, plane geometry properties (proofs), and the equation of a circle. I assigned him to continue practicing one timed Reading or Science passage per day as well as taking one day to do a full-length timed Math section."